BCHHS Public Health Provider Alert: 12-15 yr olds can get Pfizer; CDC call 5/14 "What Clinicians Need to Know About Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccination of Adolescents"

May 13, 2021

Yesterday, the CDC formally adopted the recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to use the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in 12-15 year olds.


Today, Buncombe County will begin administering the Pfizer vaccine to adolescents 12-15 years of age at our AB Tech COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic (16 Fernihurst Dr.). We already were administering this vaccine to those 16 and older. The clinic is open today from 12p-7p, Friday from 9a-4p and Saturday from 9a-4p. Appointments can be scheduled online at www.buncombeready.org or by calling 828-419-0095. Walk-ins will also be seen.


Below is information about a CDC call for clinicians on the use of the Pfizer vaccine in adolescents. The call is tomorrow, 5/14, from 2-3pm, but also will be recorded so you can view it later, if needed.


Thanks to the local pediatric and adult primary care providers who are getting COVID-19 vaccine through the state or through our health department! (We can provide small allotments of vaccine to clinics in a “hub & spoke” model.) We appreciate all you are doing to get our community members vaccinated.

  • NCDHHS and BCHHS encourage all pediatric and adult primary care providers to enroll with NCDHHS as COVID-19 vaccine providers.
    • It is important to make vaccines easily accessible to individuals in settings they trust, such as in your clinics. Having vaccine onsite will increase the chance that your patients will get vaccinated after you’ve addressed any remaining concerns or questions they may have.
    • We know that using every dose in a vial before it expires can be challenging when accommodating walk-ins or administering vaccine in smaller settings. But giving people easy and convenient options to be vaccinated should be prioritized over ensuring that every dose is used in an open vial.
    • BCHHS Public Health staff are available to answer your questions about handling and storage of the vaccine, and will work with you to transfer small allotments of vaccine to meet your clinic’s needs.
    • To learn more about enrolling, see the information here, as well as this roadmap of the state’s provider enrollment process.
    • If you are enrolled in CVMS with active users and interested in a small allotment of vaccine from BCHHS, please contact Monica Dillingham, BCHHS Pharmacist, at Monica.Dillingham@buncombecounty.org or 828-250-5234.

What Clinicians Need to Know About Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccination of Adolescents

Registration is not Required

This COCA Call will give clinicians an overview of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination in adolescents who are 12-to-15 years of age. Clinicians will learn about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, vaccine recommendations, and clinical guidance for using the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents in this age group.

If you are unable to attend the live COCA Call, the recording will be available for viewing on the COCA Call webpage a few hours after the live event ends.

The slide set will be available under "Call Materials" on the COCA Call webpage the day of the call.

Continuing Education (CE) will not be offered for this call.

Date: Friday, May 14, 2021

Time: 2:00 PM-3:00 PM ET

A few minutes before the webinar starts, please click on the Zoom link below to join: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1613161163?pwd=eHpsTDNXa3A2TXNVckJTSmRTaWV

Or one-tap mobile: 

US: +16692545252,,1613161163#,,,,*810483# or


Or Dial-in US:

+1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666 or

+1 551 285 1373 or +1 669 216 1590

Webinar ID: 161 316 1163

Passcode: 810483